Why FTP is Insecure?

The File Transfer Protocol (FTP) is a TCP/IP protocol which transfers files between FTP servers and clients. With the use of either an IP address or a hostname, FTP can create a link to a remote computer after resolving host names to IP addresses.

FTP has a major drawback while performing authentication the data will transfer in plain text, this allows anyone spoofing traffic to capture the username and password mid-transaction. This is the reason why people call FTP insecure. An Alternate to FTP is SFTP and SCP which are more secure and less vulnerable way to transfer files or copy data between different systems, which is recommend by most of security expert.

Secure File Transfer Protocol (SFTP) is an interactive file transfer protocol parallel to FTP, with the strong difference of encrypting all traffic between SFTP client and the SFP server. In addition, SFTP supports additional features such as public key authentication and compression.

Secure Copy Protocol (SCP) is responsible for copying files from a remote server to the local system over a secure connection, enduring that data in transit is kept confidential. A number of SCP products use an SSH connection to ensure the security of the secure copy operation.

The FTP Brute Force Attacker offered in Secure Windows Auditor is an excellent way to verify the vulnerability of the user’s authentication credentials and identify weak usernames and passwords to login to a FTP server by performing FTP Brute Force Attacks. File Servers are repository of any organization, Attackers can use brute force applications, such as password guessing, tools and scripts in order to try all the combinations of well-known user names and passwords. Such applications help in hacking the important information of a company. By using the FTP Brute Force Attacker the user can take a precautionary step and identify these weak areas in their system before they are found out and taken advantage of by others.

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